Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday dared Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to 'expose' allegations against Prime Minister if he actually has them.
Kejriwal tweeted: "If Rahul Gandhi actually has papers on Modi ji's personal involvement in corruption, then why doesn't he expose it outside Parliament?"
If Rahul Gandhi actually has papers on Modi ji's personal involvement in corruption, then why doesn't he expose it outside Parl? https://t.co/5xc2WkCd5B
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 14, 2016
Meanwhile, the allegation by the Congress VP was dismissed by the BJP as "false and baseless" and "very unfortunate".
Parliamentary Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar while rejecting as "baseless" the allegation levelled against PM said they were made out of "desperation" and "frustration" and asked Gandhi to apologise.
The allegation was levelled by Gandhi at a joint news conference in Parliament premises with leaders from 15 other Opposition parties after the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day failing to break the continuing deadlock over demonetisation.
Gandhi claimed he has detailed information about alleged "personal corruption" by the PM and that the latter is personally terrified of him being allowed to speak inside Lok Sabha.
"The Prime Minister is personally terrified of me being allowed to open my mouth inside Lok Sabha because I have information about the Prime Minister that is going to explode his balloon. And I am not being allowed to speak in the House," he said, as per PTI.
Asked what kind of information he has, the Congress VP said, "That information is personal information about Narendra Modi ji which I want to state in Lok Sabha. It is personal corruption of the Prime Minister that I have, we have detailed information about. We want to present it, which the Prime Minister is not allowing us to speak."
On the other hand, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said only Congress and not government will be exposed when Rahul speaks as it rejected his charge that the government was not letting him speak in Parliament, saying there cannot be a bigger "lie" than this.
Another Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said Gandhi's allegation was the "biggest joke" of the year.
(With PTI inputs)